Which Chain Lube is Best? Chain lube showdown!

  • Published on: 17 September 2018
  • Video on lubricity tester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0gP4aEad-w
    I tested 7 different chain lubricants in this video for lubricating properties, ability to cling to the chain and not sling, ability to resist dirt, and corrosion resistance. The following products were tested, including their performance on the lubricity test machine:

    Lubricity Test Performance/Ranking:
    1. CRC: 2.46 x 1.07mm
    2. Purple Extreme: 3.05 x 1.29mm
    3. Schaeffer’s: 4.1 x 1.96mm
    4. Used Motor Oil: 5.5 x 2.59 mm
    5. Lucas: 5.58 x 2.36mm
    6. Dupont: 5.7 x 2.39mm
    7. Liquid Wrench: 5.76 x 2.42mm

    I am not part of the Amazon partner program. I do not benefit in any way or receive any compensation if you purchase any of these products. Links are provided for additional information on the products tested. Better prices are likely available at local stores or other online stores. Recommend shopping around for a better price.
    CRC: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R8EI08/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Dupont: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B0VDC2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Liquid Wrench

    Schaeffer’s: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JF2L7TW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Lucas: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003L33Q0O/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Purple Extreme:
  • Runtime : 11:57
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  • James Barron
    James Barron   1 days ago

    This would have been a lot better if you would have used motorcycle chain lubes vs. bicycle lubes. Motorcycles spin a chain much faster than a bicycle and it has to be able to adhere without slinging off at high speed. Slinging off is pretty important on a motorcycle chain because it makes a mess on the bike plus it can get on the rear tire which is dangerous on corners. I use either KLOTZ KLR or Maxima Chain Guard

  • Tyrone Turner
    Tyrone Turner   2 days ago

    I use the Dupont chain saver on my Harley. Close to 8000 miles on the present chain, and I'm pretty hard on it. Chain still looks good even after prolonged excessive speeds and riding in the rain.

  • Brian Hind
    Brian Hind   2 days ago

    AS usual your procedures to ensure compensation for data slewing mechanisms are second to none. Who the Hell ever tested chain lubricants? Great job & some surprises involved. Your channel is a public asset.

  • Mikel Nelson
    Mikel Nelson   2 days ago

    I use Tri-flow on bicycles and motorcycles. Would love to see how it stacks up in testing.

  • De-bodgery
    De-bodgery   3 days ago

    Another chain lube video for bike and motor cycle lube specifically. I think the chain saw test was not a good test since it's not how chains are really used. The slinging oil part was fine, but it should have been done between sprockets.The dirt cling and lubricity tests were very useful.This test was too broad. IT covered chain lubes for heavy machinery and for bikes. Narrow the focus of the products to just bike chain. No bike rider will want CRC on their chain since it is so messy. They want something that carries lubrication into the chain and then evaporates off so the chain stays clean and still lubricates well. Rust is a lesser concern for bike chain than it is for heavy machinery.

  • Luke Johnson
    Luke Johnson   3 days ago

    Another great video! I feel silly for suggesting this video yesterday and its a year old! Love the channel, and thank you for the education!

  • man0z
    man0z   4 days ago

    I use purple extreme, it smells good too

  • RC
    RC   4 days ago

    Next time add chain wax or Maxima chain wax to your review. (Most motorcycle shops sell Maxima). I see WD40 makes a chain wax now.

  • Mike Hough
    Mike Hough   1 weeks ago

    Should have tested lubriplate chain and cable fluid. It's spendy but it's amazing stuff

  • Duke Makedo
    Duke Makedo   1 weeks ago

    Here's something that we do: Maybe oil chains at beginning of work day, but always oil the chains at the end of the day. The chains will be warm. The lube spreads better when it has a long time setting on warm, still chain.

  • Ion Hunter
    Ion Hunter   2 weeks ago

    GUNK Chain Lube, Sprayed on thin and foamy to get inside the rollers "dried" super tacky. Sadly I don't think its made anymore. https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=qu6MSIJR&id=CE00DE21DBFFEAD05E024A04AC10D0484694F121&thid=OIP.qu6MSIJRqvEYzZUYcnAy2AHaFj&mediaurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.bmikarts.com%2fassets%2fimages%2fDXML-1_1.jpg&exph=1800&expw=2400&q=gunk+chain&simid=607991768670077997&selectedIndex=0&ajaxhist=0

  • V for Veracity
    V for Veracity   2 weeks ago

    if your bike has hydraulic brakes, ANY oil, like just some mist from a spray can or even touching them with your fingers will ruin the pads. This is why purple extreme comes as a drip applicator and not aerosol.

    JACK ATTACK   2 weeks ago

    What about Wax chain lube, its mainly used for sealed chain links. I use it on my Bike (motorcycle) they can also come in a aerosol spray.

  • R Terry
    R Terry   2 weeks ago

    Having lube on the outside of the chain does nothing. The pins and internal rollers is where you need to get the lubricant. To lube those parts soak , soak, soak the chain in lube so the lube gets inside those parts. Then wipe off the exterior of the chain so no sand will stick. Done.

  • Ky Truong
    Ky Truong   2 weeks ago

    I would be interested to know what is the best product for waterproofing leather boots. Thank you.

  • Al Bundy
    Al Bundy   2 weeks ago

    Another top shelf video. Thanks.

  • Alan Prudhomme
    Alan Prudhomme   3 weeks ago

    Chains are not near as expensive as sprockets! Sand on a chain eats the teeth off sprockets. I quit lubing chains, the teeth last longer.

  • Marc Swanson
    Marc Swanson   3 weeks ago

    For nearly a decade I've cleaned my motorcycle chain by applying kerosene with a small scrub brush and then spraying off the dissolved grime with a garden hose. After drying in the sun I apply Lucas. Watching the energetic foam penetrate is addictive. The chain still looks like new. Whatever brand of chain lube is used clean and lubricate often.

  • Michael Gegzno
    Michael Gegzno   3 weeks ago

    Maybe mentioned already: try melting different waxes, like paraffin, soy, even plumbing wax ring with, powered graphite or teflon, to lube roller chains, the old timers would do this method. They would mix their melted wax and additive, let it harden, then place the chain on top of the hardened wax and remelt the wax, let it cook for a spell, then take it the chain out and allowed to drip dry.

  • Peter Kooiman
    Peter Kooiman   3 weeks ago

    According to the manual I should use high viscosity (heavy weight) gear oil to lube the chain of my motor. It would be nice to see how that performs.

  • svtsnake
    svtsnake   4 weeks ago

    Can you do motorcyce chain? Specifically for super bikes (r1, s1000rr, ducati v4, gsxr 1000r, etc).

  • Uwe s
    Uwe s   4 weeks ago

    Medialub 3000

  • Fred Dunaway
    Fred Dunaway   1 months ago

    An excellent vid. Would love to see the same test methods applied to paraffin based chain lubes such as this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D12BFIXZCesThey are claiming some really great results and would like to see a different point of view on the paraffin lube. There are variants that add things such as gear or motor oil.

  • Farm LifeCM
    Farm LifeCM   1 months ago

    Would you be willing to try Kimball Midwest lubricants? Love the videos thank you for posting them!

  • mythical mouse
    mythical mouse   1 months ago

    If you want a lube that dous not atract much sand get a dry lube

    AZREDFERN   1 months ago

    What if you sealed the chain compartment and add a breather filter. If it needs a little airflow to stay cool, add an exit fan coming off the main sprocket. CVT transmissions do the same thing for cars, scooters, and even side by sides. They have a centrifugal fan attached to the crank sucking in filtered air, creating a positive pressure environment to keep dust out.

  • Frotax Frotax
    Frotax Frotax   1 months ago

    For your bailer, you could invest in a Quality O Ring or X ring chain.They are permanently internally lubed and for water, dust , dirt you don't do anything but brush off the dust and maybe spray with WD 40 so it stays pretty and no external rust.. We didn't use them in racing since you want maximum HP to the rear wheel and the Orings do lose some due to the drag.For long term bad conditions, like enduro riders etc, it's worth the extra money.

  • Frotax Frotax
    Frotax Frotax   1 months ago

    Also you could add to this test using Chain Saw bar oil with anti fling, WD40, Tri Flow, regular dry teflon lube like RD-50 or similar and cheap silicone spray.The things normal folks have around the house.

  • Frotax Frotax
    Frotax Frotax   1 months ago

    When I was racing Supercross and Motocross, on Sand tracks we just ran WD 40 or dry. Less wear since the sand didn't stick. In later years "Chain Wax" worked well since it would dry and not fling.The regular chain lube wouldn't fling, but without ample dry time it would attract a lot of dirt.

  • yaiphu akhakpa
    yaiphu akhakpa   2 months ago

    Which chain cleaner damages the rubber seal in motorbike chain fastest. Some say kerosene itself damages the rubber seal or enter into the inside of o rings. I do use kerosene once a while. But i dont know which they used in the servicing centre.

  • Shane Bassen
    Shane Bassen   2 months ago

    Thank you for the info. I think I’ll go get me some crc

  • Michael Starmer
    Michael Starmer   2 months ago

    Would love to see you do a comparison of some No.2 greases.

  • hernando villamarin buenaventura

    Fantastic vídeo again!!; Please let us know whenever you decide to publish a book with All of your honest & unbiased tests. Seriously!: I'll be the first on the line to purchase over a dozen of said books!!; Thank You & God Bless!!🙏

  • Snorri Ö.K.
    Snorri Ö.K.   2 months ago

    Can't you make a house for the baler chain to minimize the amount of dirt seeping in?

  • Michael
    Michael   2 months ago

    Kings Gold. There is no other that I use on my bike.

  • Steven Plaskett
    Steven Plaskett   2 months ago

    I would like you to do another test with a temperature gun instead of just your hand test for heat. Or better yet the infrared gun for real time heat display :)

  • Tokin
    Tokin   2 months ago

    I know this is an older video but I use chain lubes weekly as I ride a motorcycle 160 miles a day. Any and every chain lubes I have ever used instructs you to warm the chain up. "Go around the block" is what techs tell you. Then you apply while the chain is rolling then you have you run the chain after its applied. Maybe that's why you didn't get complete coverage on the rust test.